We were up early this morning and off to the local garage for our bi-annual vehicle safety inspection on our 2000 Dodge Caravan.
It’s amazing how quickly two years can slip by, infact we had some discussion about whether or not the last inspection was two years ago or only done last year. Documents in the glove compartment proved it was two years ago. Time flies….
We had the Dodge Caravan safety inspection done at a garage right here in cottage land, not far from home. Could have waited until we were home in the city, with a multitude of service stations and auto mechanic shops to choose from, but I prefer to keep my business in the local community when I am in the community.
These small country stores and gas stations rely on summer visitors and cottagers to keep them going, especially through the long, cold, winters, which are often not very busy.
But if you need something, be that a loaf of bread or a tank of gas for the boat, it sure is nice to be able to get what you need nearby.
That’s what pisses me off when folks say they won’t buy gas here because it is a few cents per litre more, or not self service etc. So what? We need to support these local businesses and helping them to stay in business, so they are nearby when you need them. Do you think anyone from the self service gas bar and convenience store in the city is going to drive out to the cottage and give your battery a boost when you leave the interior lights on some day and kill the battery? Good luck with that.
Small country stores and gas stations are closing down in rural areas on a much too regular basis, sometimes because the owners cannot eke out a living in a short summer season or cannot find anyone to work, so the end up pulling down 15 hour days 7 days a week to stay in business. These are usually independently owned places, where the owner is the manager, staff and janitor as well. It’s not an easy life for many of them.
Local shops in the country are often one person operations. You’re talking to the owner when you are talking to the guy pumping gas or fixing your flat tire. They are usually a wealth of local information and know where you can get whatever you need in the area and often will help you to get it.
Cottages and camps are usually located in relatively small places. People know people, everyone knows everyone else. It’s a nice feeling. It’s particularly nice to get a wave from the guy at the rural business like the local gas station as you arrive in cottage country on Friday night, or have the person in the hardware store know exactly where your camp is located when you place an order to have some lumber delivered.
Be part of the local community, or at least support it, support the rural business in your neighborhood. That’s really what country living is all about.
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